G4 Beijing–Hong Kong–Macau Expressway
The Beijing–Hong Kong–Macau Expressway (Chinese: 北京－香港－澳门高速公路), commonly referred to as the Jinggang'ao Expressway (Chinese: 京港澳高速公路) is a 2,272.65-kilometre-long expressway (1,412.16 mi) that connects the Chinese cities of Beijing and Shenzhen, in Guangdong province, at the border with Hong Kong. The expressway terminates at the Huanggang Port Control Point in Shenzhen, opposite the Lok Ma Chau border control point in Hong Kong. The connection to Zhuhai at the Macau border is made using the spur line G4W Guangzhou–Macau Expressway, which branches off from the main line in Guangzhou. When the expressway was completed  it was China's first completed north-south expressway route.
The major cities connected by this expressway are:
- Baoding, Hebei
- Shijiazhuang, Hebei
- Handan, Hebei
- Xinxiang, Henan
- Zhengzhou, Henan
- Luohe, Henan
- Xinyang, Henan
- Wuhan, Hubei
- Xianning, Hubei
- Yueyang, Hunan
- Changsha, Hunan
- Zhuzhou, Hunan
- Hengyang, Hunan
- Chenzhou, Hunan
- Shaoguan, Guangdong
- Guangzhou, Guangdong
- Shenzhen, Guangdong
The expressway begins from Liuliqiao on the southwestern section of 3rd Ring Road. It passes through the 4th Ring Road at Yuegezhuang, and then approaches a heavily industrialised area, the Xidaokou area near Shougang. On the way out of Beijing the expressway passes through the famous Luguoqiao area, home of the Marco Polo Bridge and Wanping, marking where the Second Sino-Japanese War began in 1937. The expressway also links Beijing to the Zhoukoudian Peking Man cave, as well as Yunju Temple.
The Expressway began as the Jingshi Expressway linking Beijing to Shijiazhuang, Hebei. Construction of this 270 km section began in April 1986 and was opened in full in 1993. This first section is previously numbered G030 .
In October 2015, the expressway experienced a serious traffic jam at the end of the Golden Week holiday caused in the main part by the introduction of a new toll booth near Beijing. The toll booth forced cars exiting from 50 lanes into just 20.
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The following is a list of towns, cities and major interchanges along the expressway as of 2012[update].
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- China Highway Information Service. Retrieved 5 May 2013. (Chinese)
- "The Great Crawl of China: Thousands of motorists are stranded on Beijing motorway in an incredible FIFTY lane traffic jam as week-long national holiday wraps up". Daily Mail. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015.